The world suddenly stopped spinning around 2020…
Airports have locked down, flights canceled, and countries closed their borders. Coronavirus may have been labeled a pandemic, but a handful of countries managed to get better. And with the lessening COVID-19 positive cases, it also means more and more countries are now starting to reopen their borders for travel.
What are the safest countries to travel to right now?
At the moment, the safest travel destinations in the world of COVID-19 according to our criteria are those with few cases of COVID-19, are relatively open to tourists, have a proper plan to keep tourists safe, and are isolated islands for the most part.
Here is our list of the countries we think are the safest to travel to right now:
The rich history and culture, delicious food, breathtaking islands, and ancient monuments, Greece is definitely one of the top travel destinations in the world. And this phenomenal country officially reopened its borders to some foreign visitors as of July 1, 2020.
This comes after other European nations have opened their borders to certain nations in their “safe travel” list. Compared to other European countries, Greece has recorded few Covid-19 infections and deaths.
The nice part about Greece’s tourism safety protocols is that archaeological sites are operating on extended summer hours (8 AM to 8 PM) to avoid overcrowding. Awe-inspiring beaches are open as well but only allowing 40 people every 1,000 square meters. Bars should be serving food and beverages and take-aways are encouraged. The cherry on top of your ice-cream? They are serving alcohol! But it must not be served to customers inside the bar to prevent the gathering of the large crowds.
For more information: Greece Has Reopened Its Borders To Foreign Visitors
Check Greece on our live map.
We couldn’t think of anywhere else when we think about glaciers, whale watching, and the northern lights. Iceland is truly an exceptional and remarkable country to visit for this kind of adventure. This Nordic country has just opened their borders for tourists as of June 15, 2020
Passengers arriving in Iceland can choose between two options. Being tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at their own expense or to go into quarantine for 14 days. With the implementation of other strict health protocols, Iceland is definitely one of the few countries that are safe for travelers to visit!
For more information: Iceland Has Reopened Its Borders To Welcome Tourists
Check out Iceland on our live map.
The hills are alive when you hear the sound of music in Austria. All across this country, travelers can always find stunning natural beauty, gorgeous churches, engaging museums, and towering castles. And Austria just opened their borders for tourism as of June 16, 2020.
As of June 16th, the requirement for a medical certificate or quarantine has been lifted for all EU countries, except for the UK, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal. If you are from one of those four countries, the prior restrictions still apply: anyone from the EU traveling to Austria had to submit a medical certificate proving a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than four days upon entry or be subject to a 14-day quarantine period.
As of July 28 update, EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens arriving from a high-risk area should produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Hotels and inns have reopened. Restaurants, Cafes, museums, zoos, swimming pools have also been reopened.
Check Austria from our live map.
As of July 1, 2020, Malta has reopened its borders for tourism. The government of Malta has taken all the necessary safety procedures. They invested in technologies and they trained their front liners to make all travelers feel safe and secure during their visit.
In addition, there are a lot of places currently open in Malta. Hotels, gyms, museums, restaurants, bars, salons, shopping malls, and cinemas! Some of them are operating in limited hours and social distancing measures are in place.
Malta’s COVID-19 cases are most likely 55 times fewer than any most affected European countries. And this small country has more hospital beds per resident than the UK! The pandemic has been very limited that’s why hospitals have never been crowded.
For more information: Malta Has Reopened for Tourism As Of July 1st
Or you may check Malta on our live map.
The lush tropical island nation of Grenada reopened for tourism as of July 15, 2020. With only 24 COVID-19 cases and 0 recorded deaths, this Caribbean country is currently virus-free. Grenada is on its phase 2 of reopening as of August 1, 2020. Which meant almost all nations are welcome including travelers from the United States. And that is to say that this country wanted to stay virus-free for their reopening and has some tough rules laid out.
All travelers should submit a health declaration point, to download Grenada’s contact tracing application, and a negative PCR test took no more than 7 days before entry, rapid test upon arrival. Mandatory quarantine may apply to those who are coming from high-risk countries. You can check all the required incoming passenger forms here.
Above all, other rules for Grenada are mandatory wearing of masks, temperature checks, social distancing, and that all travelers should have health insurance that covers COVID-19.
Check Grenada on our live map.
Dominica has only 18 cases of COVID-19 with no recorded deaths. And this Caribbean country has just reopened its borders for tourism as of August 8, 2020! All travelers coming into Dominica must obtain a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) result recorded 24 to 72 hours before arriving. Travelers must complete an online questionnaire for at least 24 hours in advance and show their clearance to travel. There will also be a series of temperature checks including a rapid test.
Bars, hotels, and restaurants are fully open for business. As well as all other establishments. Beaches and rivers are open but no alcohol consumption, picnics, music, or gatherings of more than 10 people are permitted.
For More Information: Dominica Is Reopening Its Borders To Tourism On August 7th
Check out Dominica on our live map.
Talking about a cluster of panoramic islands in the warm tropics of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles has just reopened commercial flights for tourism as of August 1, 2020. This country certainly only had 126 COVID-19, no deaths, and no new positive cases for the last 14 days! That is to say that Seychelles is virus-free.
The government of Seychelles has also made it very clear that all travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours of boarding. Travelers should be wearing masks and ensure social distancing. All visitors must also have travel insurance with medical coverage.
For more information: Seychelles To Welcome Tourists As Of August 1st
See Seychelles from our live map.
With its strict health protocols and safety measures, Turkey has made it on our list! And as a result, this country has been recovering well from COVID-19.
All visitors should wear face masks during their flight going to Turkey. Most importantly, travelers should wear it in airports or they will not be allowed to enter Turkey. All travelers are certainly must submit to a temperature check and health screening upon arrival.
For more information: Turkey Is Now Open for Tourists – Here’s What You Need To Know
Check out Turkey on our live map.
As of July 15, 2020, the Maldives has reopened its doors to international tourists. And healthy visitors will not need to submit a proof of negative COVID-19 test on arrival! Even though it’s open to all tourists, travelers still need to follow their safety measures.
All travelers must have a confirmed booking at any of the properties registered with the Ministry of Tourism. For instance, staying at multiple resorts or hotels will not be permitted. Travelers should wear face masks and practice physical distancing. Terminals are providing hand sanitizers.
For more information: The Maldives Has Reopened for International Tourism As Of July 15
Check out Maldives on our live map.
If Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, and other islands in French Polynesia are in your mind, then this is a piece of good news for you! French Polynesia started welcoming visitors as of July 15, 2020. These islands are recovering well from COVID-19 with only 69 cases and no recorded deaths.
And most importantly to maintain and ensure the safety of all visitors and its citizens, the government of French Polynesia has put in place some travel requirements that all visitors must follow. All travelers should undergo a COVID-19 test before departure within three days before the flight to the island. Each passenger is required to fill out the sanitary entry form via Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS) and must agree to follow the prevention measures and safety instructions issued by the French Polynesian government.
For more information: French Polynesia Reopening for International Tourists As of July 15
Check French Polynesia on our live map.
Here’s another beautiful country that reopened its borders for tourism to welcome travelers! Cyprus now is recovering from COVID-19. And with its strict protocols and safety measures, we can say that Cyprus definitely deserve to be on this list.
Although it’s not a snap of a finger to fly to Cyprus. Passengers should apply for a Cyprus Flight Pass, where they need to create an account and provide their personal details including flight details to Cyprus. A flight pass is issued once the application is approved.
Moreover, The Cypriot government split countries into two categories, Category A and Category B, based on the global epidemic data. Category A countries have the most favorable epidemiological status and are considered low-risk.
For more information: Cyprus Has Reopened to Tourists
See Cyprus on our live map.
That’s all for now! We will keep adding to this list as more information becomes available, and more countries reopen to tourism.